Graduate Assistantships

Funding from assistantships and scholarships are available to top-performing students. Nine-and-twelve month graduate assistantships and scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Graduate assistantships (GA) provide funding support to cover stipends ($19,000/year), free tuition and subsidized health insurance coverage.

To apply for a standard GA please check the appropriate box on the graduate school application. No other action is required to be considered for a GA.

Additional funds are provided to students on a competitive basis to cover research expenses and travel to present research at professional conferences. Further funding for travel and research expenses is also available through the Grant Program at the Graduate Student Government.

Students receiving standard GA appointments perform teaching and research tasks. This may involve serving as a teaching assistant (TA) for an undergraduate course or acting as a research assistant (RA) on a faculty member’s funded research project.

Students are given clear expectations about their responsibilities and are expected, on average, to work 20 hours per week. When assigning assistantships, effort is taken to match the student’s interests and background with the research and teaching needs of the school’s faculty.

In addition to school RA and TA positions, SOE faculty often secure external research grants that support RA positions.  Please contact SOE graduate faculty, who share your research interests, to inquire about RA openings they may have.

Some examples of Fall 2020 Graduate Assistantships

This summarizes some upcoming GA needs. Many GAs will work with industry, government and community stakeholders. Experience/coursework in policy and econometrics preferred.

 Agricultural and Development Economics. Dr. Jonathan Malacarne is looking for a student to work on topics related to the resilience of small farm operators and rural economies in a landscape characterized by rapidly changing risk factors. This project considers the impact of risk on production and investment decisions, with a strong focus on how risks are conceptualized by decision-makers. Depending on the interests and background of the student, this research will focus on vulnerable populations in Maine or abroad. Related fields: Agriculture, development, climate adaptation, risk management

Integration of Macroeconomic and Financial Markets. Dr. Thomas Wiesen is looking for a student to research the econometric techniques and applications of measuring how connected markets have become in the face of increasing globalization and interdependence.  Example topics include: the spillover of currency exchange rate volatility, the spread of financial market contagions, and the development of new time series methods.  Coursework in econometrics and statistics (especially time series), experience in coding (especially R or Matlab), and excellent writing skills are preferred.

Health Economics and Policy. Dr. Angela Daley is looking for a student to study the relationship between economic well-being and health, as well as the role of policy in addressing disparities. The goal is to support evidence-based decision-making at the national, state and local levels to improve well-being and inequality thereof. Experience or coursework in health economics, labor economics, poverty and inequality is preferred.

Economic Policy Analysis. Dr. Jonathan Rubin and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center have an opening for a research assistant (RA) to assist with economic policy analysis. The RA position supports the research and writing of economists and policy analysts and involves data analysis, verification of statistical and other material in manuscripts, statistical calculations, literature searches, and drafting written materials. The RA must be highly organized and detail-oriented and have the ability to gather, understand, analyze and compellingly present a wide variety of economic data. Knowledge of Python and R preferred. The actual work will vary depending on the particular project needs of the faculty and staff. Current projects include strategic investment analysis for connected and autonomous vehicles on Maine’s roads, assisting coastal communities to determine the value of their marine economies, an analysis of the Opportunity Maine tax credit and a strategic investment analysis in electric vehicle infrastructure for Maine.

Community Solar Economics. Dr. Sharon Klein is seeking a student to evaluate the financial and social benefits and costs of different approaches (organizational and financial) to community solar farms. Community solar is rapidly growing but without much standardization. It can be overwhelming for people interested in community solar to navigate all of the options, policies and regulations. The goal is to produce a comparative analysis of different options to help in this decision-making process. Preferred (but not required): experience or coursework in energy-related topics; experience with modeling/ programming (e.g., Matlab, R) and/or advanced Excel (e.g., visual basic).

Finance The College CFO is looking for a student to provide finance-related research to examine more efficient ways to manage the college’s complex budget ($30 million base and $20 million in grants) and vast operations (11 academic units, numerous research facilities) while identifying and comparing opportunities for improvement.  The student will learn Oracle financial software.  Excellent organizational, interpersonal and team-work skills, ability to work independently, spreadsheets skills, problem-solving and math skills preferred.  Attention to detail and accuracy required.

One Health and the Environment Drs. Kathleen Bell, Angela Daley, Caroline Noblet and Mario Teisl are looking for top M.S. students to participate in a recently awarded NSF-funded traineeship in One Health and the Environment.  They will be looking for students with strong undergraduate training in economics, environmental economics and/or health economics, complemented with training in bio-physical sciences (e.g., biology, ecology) and/or public health. For more information contact

Behavioral Environmental Economics. Dr. Caroline Noblet is looking for a student to study how consumers and citizens use information to make natural resource decision across a wide variety of behaviors, including in their purchases and in their communities. The goal of this research is to employ the techniques of behavioral economics to investigate environmental and natural resource choices. This student may examine issues such as how individuals and institutions react differently to information in decision making, including the impact of personal characteristics,  such as environmental values and sense of place experiences, in decision making. Topics will depend on the joint interest of the student, Dr. Noblet, and its relevance to the state of Maine (e.g., through interactions with state and community stakeholders).

Marine Resource Economics and Policy. Dr. Keith S. Evans is looking for a student to study the impacts of ocean/coastal management on resource users and coastal communities. The goal of this research is to improve the information available to managers and quantify the unintended spillovers of policy onto users in shared, multi-use environmental systems. This student may examine issues such as the effectiveness of limited entry control on sustaining resource rents, the adaptive behavior of fishers to marine policy, and information sharing and its effect on search in uncertain dynamic resource systems. Topics will depend on the joint interest of the student, Dr. Evans, and its relevance to the state of Maine (e.g., through interactions with the Maine Department of Marine Resources). This student will have the opportunity to engage directly with stakeholders as part of their research. While experience with programming (e.g., Matlab, R) and statistical software (e.g., Stata, SAS) is preferred, it is not required.